Donegal anti-austerity walkers to make Late Late appearance

The Malin to Dublin anti-austerity walkers led by Joe Murphy will be Ryan Tubridy’s guests on the Late Late Show tonight.

The Malin to Dublin anti-austerity walkers led by Joe Murphy will be Ryan Tubridy’s guests on the Late Late Show tonight.

And they will be waiting to see just how many people don’t pay the charge by the deadline - with Minister Phil Hogan commenting he doesn’t forsee anyone going to jail for failing to pay the tax.

There are unconfirmed reports that when final figures come in, Donegal will be one of the county’s with the highest figures for people to reject paying the charge.

As Murphy and his merry men and women made Dublin the news of the invite on the show has given them “a massive boost” Joe stated.

The Donegal Democrat will be with the hundreds of people from the county who will join the 14 walkers on the last leg of their walk tomorrow morning from the Phoenix Park to the National Convention Centre where the Fine Gael Ard Fheis will be held. Don’t miss our comprehensive coverage in our Sunday and Tuesday issues.

Meanwhile, despite the recent influx of registrations, more than one million households have still failed to register for the controversial charge in the run-up to tomorrow’s deadline. The best estimate is that 1.6 million households are eligible to pay the charge.

To allow for last-minute registrations, all local authorities have been directed to open their offices tomorrow to receive payments.

Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said he does not envisage anybody going to jail as a result of not paying the charge.

Mr Hogan did not agree that there had been a mass boycott of the tax and again expressed confidence there would be a late surge: “Let us see by Saturday evening. I think you will see a significant increase in the people who have paid by Saturday evening, many more than people were predicting.